The Mission of CMAA is to promote the profession of Construction Management and the use of qualified Construction Managers on capital projects and programs.

    The Vision of CMAA is that all owners will realize capital project and program success by using professionally qualified Construction Managers. CMAA-Chicago brings together professionals from Chicago and around the Midwest.

To join the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Management Association, you must first enroll to become a member of the National CMAA Chapter.

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Upcoming Events

Illinois Department of Transportation

Presented by: Mr. Anthony J. Quigley, P.E., Region One Engineer , Illinois Department of Transportation

Mr. Anthony J. Quigley, P.E. from IDOT Region 1 will discuss the Illinois Capital Plan.

Serving one of the most populous urban areas in the nation, IDOT‘s Region 1/District 1, located in northeastern Illinois, includes the state’s most recognizable city, Chicago. This region is home to six counties: Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Dupage, and Will.

WHEN:     Thursday, September 26, 2019
WHERE:   Petterino's- 150 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago
TIME:       11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
COST:       $55.00 Member/ $65.00 Non-Members/ $25.00 Students

Recent Events

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On June 20th, ASCE Construction Institute and CMAA held the Technology in Construction event presented by Joe Hunn, PE - Vice President and Transportation Group Manager for Cotter Consulting, Michael Reilly - Co-Developer of Site Specs App, and Shawn Phillips - Director of VDC at F.H. Paschen.

This event focused on the innovation and technology used in construction in order to improve production and quality of projects. Topics included Building Information Modeling, Site Data Collection Apps, and Drone usage in construction.

On June 18th, the CMAA Chicago Chapter - 14th Annual Golf Outing was held at the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, IL. Thank you all for attending our June events!

4th Annual Chapter Awards Ceremony 

This program will recognize local outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management and program management highlighting infrastructure, buildings, and program management projects. 

More about the 4th Annual Awards Program:

The Construction Management Association of America Chicago Chapter is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Awards Program to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management and program management. Entries are closed. Awards to be announced May 23rd, 2019!
Award winners will serve as examples for CMAA to promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process, and will be honored during our Awards Ceremony at the 3rd Annual Awards luncheon scheduled on May 23, 2019. The top scoring submittal will also be considered for submittal to the 2018 CMAA National Competition on your behalf by the CMAA Chicago Chapter.
 This competition is open to all Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) members and non-members. To be eligible projects, programs or program phases must have achieved substantial completion during the period starting Jan 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2018.
Awards are bestowed in these categories:
(includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.) with:
• constructed value less than $25 Million
• constructed value greater than $25 Million
(includes education, health care,research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city,etc.) with:
New Construction or
• constructed value less than $25 Million
• constructed value greater than $25 Million
(these categories allow for distinct phases of a multi-project or multi-phase program to be submitted for consideration):
• Buildings (includes education, health care, research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city, etc.)
• Infrastructure (includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.)
For questions regarding submittals and the program, please email:

April Luncheon: Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF): The Clients You’re Missing Out On

Presented by: Vickie Lakes-Battle, Executive Director – Chicago Region, Eden Hurd-Smith, Lead Developer and Claudette Soto, Senior Owner’s Representative

IFF, Illinois Facilities Fund – a mission-driven Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)/lender, real estate consultant, and developer that has made more than $907 million in loans since it was founded in 1988 – focuses on a market many Chicago construction managers either overlook or avoid: nonprofits. The organization also emphasizes projects on Chicago’s West and South sides. For example, IFF was one of multiple partners that recently helped finance and oversee construction of the Hatchery, the West side’s innovative, $34 million food incubator.

IFF’s 30-year history proves that social impact and financial return can go hand-in-hand. By questioning common assumptions about so-called “risky” clients, the organization has capitalized on opportunities across Chicago and the Midwest, strengthening communities in the process. Join three of IFF’s leaders in April to learn more about their unconventional yet effective approach – and the clients you might be missing out on.

For more information about IFF, visit their website.

Sponsored By

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March Luncheon: Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

Presented by: Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

Thank you all for joining CMAA-Chicago for the February luncheon with Related Midwest.

Thank you all for attending the March luncheon!

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems, comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, which serves more than 100 million passengers each year and propels Chicago as a global leader for air cargo activity. Chicago’s airports are also among the most connected in the world, serving more than 260 locations via 50 different commercial carriers to 46 countries worldwide.

The City of Chicago and its airline partners have agreed to an $8.7 billion capital improvement plan that will transform O’Hare with the biggest terminal expansion ever, adding 25 percent more gate capacity, modernizing existing terminals and improving passengers’ experience. This investment is central to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s O’Hare 21 vision to improve the airport's connectivity, efficiency and capacity, and ensure the future success of Chicago's most important economic engine.

February Luncheon: Related Midwest- 'The 78' Mega-Development

Presented by: Don Biernacki, Related Midwest, Senior Vice President of Construction

Thank you all for joining CMAA-Chicago for the February luncheon with Related Midwest.

The intersection of Clark and 15th streets will form a gateway to The 78. Note how 15th dips under the enclosed Metra tracks.

The intersection of Clark and 15th streets will form a gateway to The 78. Note how 15th dips under the enclosed Metra tracks.

Envisioned by Related Midwest, The 78 will transform 62-acres of vacant land in downtown Chicago into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood, and will include residential, retail and restaurant offerings, office space to attract flagship companies, and cultural institutions. The 78 will feature more than 11 acres of public green and open space, and design features that draw people to a unique riverfront with restaurants and entertainment. The 78 will be a completely walkable community with extensive road, water, bike and walkways and will knit together the surrounding neighborhoods of the Loop, South Loop, Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen. When completed, The 78 will contribute more than $48 billion in economic activity to Chicago over the next 30 years and create more than 15,000 new construction jobs and 23,000 new, permanent jobs and economic opportunities that will directly benefit residents of the city’s South and West sides.

January Luncheon: IDOT - CREATE

Presented by: Beth McCluskey, Director

Thank you to those who attended this luncheon!

The Office of Intermodal Project Implementation coordinates activities for transit, rail, and aeronautics. The Office’s mission is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, reliable, and coordinated transportation of people and goods through rail, mass transit, and related modes of transportation. 

The Office is overseeing the CREATE rail program. CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, Cook County, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents.

Check out there website for more information:

December 2018 Holiday Party

NAWIC and CMAA Chicago joined together on December 12th to celebrate the year and the holiday season with our members! Thank you to all who came out!

Thank you for another excellent year!

We look forward to making 2019 even better!

November Luncheon: Cook County- Department of Capital Planning and Policy

On November 15th, Earl Manning, Director, DCPP , Eric Davis, Deputy Director, DCPP, and Brandy Koch, Assistant Director, DCPP from the Bureau of Asset Management, Department of Capital Planning & Policy management team presented the Upcoming Initiatives and Opportunities for A/E’s, CM’s, and Contractors.

The Department of Capital Planning & Policy’s goal is to provide safe, secure and accessible facilities through capital construction projects for all County departments and elected officials, in order that they may serve the public and perform their duties in an environment that fosters efficient, convenient and cost-effective delivery of public services.

Thank you all for attending!

CMAA Oktoberfest Social

Thank you for joining CMAA Chicago Chapter at the Oktoberfest social event at Metropolitan Brewing on October 23rd, 2018. Metropolitan Planning Council Vice President Josh Ellis discussed recent and ongoing improvements to the Chicago River, and the Great Rivers Chicago program, which was launched by MPC in 2016.

CMAA has partnered with Chef Clayton Weber to provide a menu designed to be paired with the current Metropolitan seasonal selection of beers. Thank you to all who came out!

Illinois Tollway Central Tri-State Project

presented by Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineering Officer and Clarita Lao, Deputy Chief of Program Implementation

Thank you all for coming out to the September luncheon on Thursday, September 21st.

The Central Tri-State Corridor represents 22 miles of I-294 from 95th Street to Balmoral Avenue.   Originally constructed in 1958, this segment of the Tollway has continued to make due with patchwork repairs over the years while the northern and southern portions of the system have been fully reconstructed. 

The Tollway will outline their $4 billion Central Tri-State reconstruction plan to increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve travel reliability. 

Please thank our sponsors for this event. Sponsorship opportunities for this, and future events are available - contact Kevin Wilson at for more details.

IIT Ed Kaplan Family Institute

For Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

IIT Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

Friday, June 29, 2018 - Construction is nearly complete for this state of the art building that will house workshop, media lab, and collaboration space offering students and faculty a centralized facility with a singular purpose of promoting the basic elements of innovation allowing the transition of new ideas into products and processes.  

The design features technologically advanced materials and features including a dynamic ETFE façade as well as radiant heating and cooling.  The project in on track to receive LEED Silver certification.  

CMAA Chicago Annual Golf Outing - 13th Annual Golf Outing

The Spring season has officially arrived and golfing is in the air!
Thank you to those who attended the gold outing and contributed to the Scholarship Fund! The gold outing provides scholarships to qualifying ACE and graduate/undergraduate college students interested in the field of construction management. 


With that, we would also like to thank this year's Project Achievement & Scholarship Program Award winners! 

We are proud to congratulate the recipients for this year’s Scholarship Awards. each of who received a plaque, and a check for $2,500. They are as follows:

  • Tyler Bratland, Undergrad at UIC

  • Xavier John, Undergrad at IIT

  • Tyler Kleinsasser, Undergrad at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  • Lufan Wang, Grad at UIUC


The Project Achievement Awards were based on the following categories:

Constructed value less than $25 Million: Benesch - 120th & Torrence Grade Separation - Chicago, IL

Constructed value greater than $25 Million: V3/TY Lin - Itasca, Illinois 


Constructed value less than $25 Million: JLL & McHugh - Ritz Carlton
Constructed value greater than $25 Million: Gilbane - Township High School District 113

Omega I-90 - 31 to Illinois Route 53 

Congratulations to all!

Past Events


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